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Argyle Community Trust partner with Devon FA and City College Plymouth for new Education Programme

Argyle Community Trust is delighted to be partnering with our friends at the Devon FA and City College Plymouth to provide a new Post 16 Football Development and Education Programme at the home of county football in Devon.

The course will allow talented and enthusiastic youngsters in the region to combine education with the life of a professional footballer, hosted at Devon FA’s bespoke headquarters and football facility at Coach Road, Newton Abbot.

Students will study towards a BTEC in Sport, equivalent to 3 A-Levels, alongside a full-time football training and games programme.

Players typically receive up to ten hours of training each week, including technical, tactical and strength and conditioning specific training, as well as futsal sessions and planned recovery sessions to maximise development.

The programme boasts UEFA qualified coaches and experienced educators with the added benefit of the facilities at Coach Road including a state-of-the-art, full-size, floodlit 3G pitch.

The new post 16 programme complements the existing provision based at Home Park Stadium, home of Plymouth Argyle Football Club, and Carn Brea Leisure Centre in Cornwall.

Argyle Community Trust Head of Education & Employment, Gareth Harries adds, “We are delighted to be partnering with Devon FA and City College Plymouth.

We prepare our students not only for life in football but life after it. The Trust has found education and sport a perfect combination, enabling students to work academically towards nationally recognised qualifications and gain great insight into working in the sports industry.

There are numerous pathways and opportunities for our students made possible by the strong links the Trust have within sport and education. Some go on to university, others seek employment or apprenticeships, and some go on to start their playing careers in football, following one of the many player pathways.

Studying at a facility that is not based at a school or college has proven to be a major factor in the success of our Plymouth and Cornwall programmes. We very much look forward to welcoming our first students in September 2022.”

Devon FA CEO, Paul Morrison, added, “We are absolutely delighted to be partnering with Plymouth Argyle Community Trust and City College Plymouth for what will be an exciting football and educational programme. Both Plymouth Argyle and City College have great experience in looking after Post 16 students, and we are grateful that they have agreed to partner with ourselves to provide the programme at Coach Road.”

Karen Dorow, Executive of Health & Lifestyle Professions at City College Plymouth, added, “This partnership marks the start of a positive collaboration piece where young people can take advantage of both sports and academic studies. As a learning destination of choice, our aim is to always equip our students with the skills they require to enter the world of work, this requires a broad range of training that will allow students to develop and aspire to achieve their career goals. Partnering with the Devon FA and Plymouth Argyle Community Trust will make for a strong and exciting partnership for our region.”

Club Ambassador Gary Sawyer commented, “I feel it is such an important opportunity for young people to be involved with such a great programme and offers the chance to fulfil a professional football dream whilst gaining a great education. I have seen big improvements, not only academically but as people, with the players I’ve worked with on the programme.”

Young people aged between 16 and 18 can apply now. To find out more or register your interest, please email gareth.harries@pafc.co.uk or visit:

https://argylecommunitytrust.co.uk/what-we-do/education/footballacademy/

 

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